Technical Absorbents has announced the launch of a new superabsorbent fabric. The patent-pending 100 percent SAF needlefelt nonwoven is now commercially available, according to the manufacturer. Superabsorbent SAF™ needlefelt fabrics latest development is “truly unique,” the company says, containing only SAF and no other synthetic, natural or binder fibers. The company expects it to “open up the doors to applications that require a fully maceratable superabsorbent solution.”
Product Development Director Dr Mark Paterson. “We are not aware of anyone else that can manufacture such a fabric, and this opens up the opportunity for new product forms. There is no other 100 percent superabsorbent fabric currently available. … We particularly see a potential for its use in spill capture products, such as those used in hospitals to contain fluids that need to be managed safely, hygienically and effectively.”
The 2m wide needlefelt line can produce absorbent fabrics in basis weights from 130 to 1000gsm. To help protect the fiber during processing, the line is housed in a controlled-humidity environment. The company’s fabrics are already used in many applications and, since the installation of its own line in 2015, Technical Absorbents has created a large portfolio of absorbent fabrics.